Welding Pathway

Fabricate and assemble metal structures and equipment through the use of welders, cutters, shapers and measuring tools.

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Welding Pathway

Fabricate and assemble metal structures and equipment through the use of welders, cutters, shapers and measuring tools.

(Certified) Production Technician

Weld Operator

Robotic Welding Technician

Welder 1 (Entry-Level)

Welder 2 (Advanced)

Welder-Fitter

Maintenance Welder

Welding Inspector

Quality Assurance

Welding Engineer

(Certified) Production Technician:

Education & Training

High School Diploma/GED, some technical training
Manufacturing Foundations Certificate

Industry Recognized Credentials

OMJ Readiness Seal
OSHA 10
MSSC CPT

Median Wages

$37,622

Education Providers

Career and Technical Centers (HS)
Community colleges
College Credit Plus

Competencies/Credentials

  • Ability to read/follow work instructions
  • Other professional competencies as demonstrated by Ohio Means Jobs Job Readiness Seal
  • Technical and professional competencies as demonstrated by Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician; OSHA 10

All Levels:

All Levels: Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Weld Operator:

Education & Training

Short-term technical certificate

Industry Recognized Credentials

AWS Qualification OR AWS CRAW-O / CRAW-T (Certified Robotic Arc Welding Operator or Technician)

Median Wages

$47,743

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers

Competencies/Credentials

  • Operate and care for tools and equipment including: hand tools, measuring devices, and precision instruments; operate grinders, de-bur stock, rough removal of material;
  • Demonstrate use of machine safety and PPE
  • Inspect materials and parts
  • Operate welder to specifications of supervisor or team lead
  • Technical and professional competencies as demonstrated by: American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welder D1.1

All Levels:

All Levels: Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Robotic Welding Technician:

Education & Training

Short-term technical certificate

Industry Recognized Credentials

AWS Qualification OR AWS CRAW-O / CRAW-T (Certified Robotic Arc Welding Operator or Technician)

Median Wages

$47,743

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers

Competencies/Credentials

  • Operate and care for tools and equipment including: hand tools, measuring devices, and precision instruments; operate grinders, de-bur stock, rough removal of material;
  • Demonstrate use of machine safety and PPE
  • Inspect materials and parts
  • Operate welder to specifications of supervisor or team lead
  • Technical and professional competencies as demonstrated by: American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welder D1.1

All Levels:

All Levels: Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Welder 1 (Entry-Level):

Education & Training

One-Year Technical Certificate / May be enrolled in welding apprenticeship

Industry Recognized Credentials

AWS, API, or ASME certifications (employer specific)

Median Wages

$41,580

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers
Various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • Basic Welding Processes (SMAW, SAW, FCAW, GTAW)
  • Set-up, operate, and maintain welding equipment;
  • Identify electrode or welding wire;
  • Fillet weld plate in designated positions;
  • Groove weld plate in designated positions;
  • Weld pipe in the vertical and horizontal positions;
  • Cut and gouge using carbon arc-air method;
  • Technical competencies as demonstrated by various AWS, API, or ASME codes (employer specific)

All Levels:

All Levels: Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Welder 2:

Education & Training

Completed Apprenticeship / Extensive On-the-Job Training

Industry Recognized Credentials

AWS, API, or ASME certifications (employer specific)

Median Wages

$52,102

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers
Various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • Advanced skill with basic welding processes (SMAW, SAW, FCAW, and GMAW)
  • Oxy-fuel cutting
  • Basic rigging and crane signaling
  • Chip and grind material using handheld tools
  • Conduct destructive and non-destructive testing
  • Technical competencies as demonstrated by various AWS, API, or ASME codes (employer specific)

All Levels:

All Levels: Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Welder-Fitter:

Education & Training

Associates Degree and On-the-Job Training

Industry Recognized Credentials

Differs by employer
AWS Certified Welding Inspector

Median Wages

$48,482

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers
Various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • Layout stock from blueprints, sketches, and templates
  • Drill, ream, countersink, counter-bore, spot face, tap holes using portable equipment
  • Set-up and target piping assemblies
  • Troubleshoot and correct process errors and equipment issues
  • Oversee destructive and non-destructive testing
  • Inspect welding staff work product
  • AWS Certified Welding Inspector, Certified Welding Supervisor, Quality, ASME Section 9

All Levels:

All Levels: Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Maintenance Welder:

Education & Training

Associates Degree and On-the-Job Training

Industry Recognized Credentials

Differs by employer
AWS Certified Welding Inspector

Median Wages

$46,013

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers
Various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • Layout stock from blueprints, sketches, and templates
  • Drill, ream, countersink, counter-bore, spot face, tap holes using portable equipment
  • Set-up and target piping assemblies
  • Troubleshoot and correct process errors and equipment issues
  • Oversee destructive and non-destructive testing
  • Inspect welding staff work product
  • AWS Certified Welding Inspector, Certified Welding Supervisor, Quality, ASME Section 9

All Levels:

All Levels: Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Welding Inspector/Quality Assurance:

Education & Training

Associates Degree and On-the-Job Training

Industry Recognized Credentials

Differs by employer
AWS Certified Welding Inspector

Median Wages

$52,102

Education Providers

Community colleges
Ohio Technical Centers
Various vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • Layout stock from blueprints, sketches, and templates
  • Drill, ream, countersink, counter-bore, spot face, tap holes using portable equipment
  • Set-up and target piping assemblies
  • Troubleshoot and correct process errors and equipment issues
  • Oversee destructive and non-destructive testing
  • Inspect welding staff work product
  • AWS Certified Welding Inspector, Certified Welding Supervisor, Quality, ASME Section 9

All Levels:

All Levels: Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Welding Engineer:

Education & Training

Four Year Engineering Degree (ABET accredited)

Industry Recognized Credentials

Differs by employer

Median Wages

$88,801

Education Providers

Four-Year Universities

Competencies/Credentials

  • Knowledge of math, physics, statistics, etc.
  • Product/Process Design; Quality Control/Assurance
  • Automated Systems and Control
  • Management

All Levels:

All Levels: Foundational employability skills, basic math and computer skills, written and verbal communication skills; safety awareness; drug free
Note: each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

To qualify for this job you should be: